Vice President for Student Affairs
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana
Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., was elected Vice President for Student Affairs by Notre Dame’s Board of Trustees in April 1999. He had served the three previous years in the University’s administration as executive assistant to the executive vice president and then as executive assistant to the president.
As Vice President for Student Affairs, Father Poorman is responsible for campus ministry, student residences, residence life, multicultural and international student affairs, student activities, Notre Dame security/police, the University counseling center, health services, career and placement services, alcohol and drug education, and a gender relations center.
Father Poorman is a native of Phoenix, Ill. and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. degree from the University of Illinois in 1976. He received a Master of Divinity degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1980 and professed his final vows in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1981. Ordained a priest in 1982, he served for the next three years at Notre Dame as rector of Dillon Hall and associate director of campus ministry. He then pursued graduate studies in Christian ethics at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, where he was awarded his Ph.D. in 1990.
Father Poorman is also an Associate Professor in the Theology Department at Notre Dame. His teaching and research concern moral theology and its pastoral applications. His undergraduate courses survey contemporary issues in Christian ethics while his graduate courses are concerned with Christian ethics, Catholic moral teaching and pastoral practice. Among the subjects on which he has written and lectured are medical ethics, sexuality, Christian ministry, and Catholic higher education. He is the author of Interactional Morality (Georgetown Press) and editor of Labors from the Heart (Notre Dame Press), a collection of essays on mission and ministry at the University of Notre Dame. From 1992 until 1999, he directed the Theology Department’s Master of Divinity program for seminarians and lay ministers.
Father Poorman is a member of the University of Portland Board of Regents, the Board of Governors of the University of Notre Dame-Australia, and the Board of Trustees for Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend, Indiana. He resides on the Notre Dame campus in Keough Hall, an undergraduate residence hall.